Our Unknown Enemy: Mob Mentality

Read this excellent exploration of mob mentality provided by Tilburg University, and then be ready to participate in our discussions for To Kill a Mockingbird and “Thunder on Sycamore Street.” Consider how the characters in these works were influenced by mob mentality and how it affects the actions of people around you.


by Racles Bogdan

There have been times in our lives when we’ve heard the expression ‘if your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do the same?’ from our parents or our teachers. We answered with ‘no’ most of the times. The sad fact is that, every now and then, without realizing why, we would jump with our friends. People follow people. It’s been like this for ages. The reason we blindly follow people is because we lose our sense of individuality and become part of a group’s mechanism. Most of the times, there are negative outcomes when this happens. Football fights, military units, witch trials, all of these are examples of why acting without individual thinking is wrong. You can do something about mob mentality.

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2 thoughts on “Our Unknown Enemy: Mob Mentality

  1. Mobs are a bad idea. They can get people hurt and possibly fatally injured. People can die if confronted by something like this if a mob gets violent. Anything can happen, really. In “To Kill A Mockingbird” Scout stopped a mob from hurting Atticus. This just goes to show you that a mob can be stopped if one of them gets confronted, like Scout confronted Walter Cunningham Sr. Mobs are really bad idea because they can get people hurt.

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